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Back-channel talks continue with India: Sartaj

05 January, 2014

ISLAMABAD: Advisor on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz has said that back channel-talks are continuing with India on the issues of Kashmir‚ Sir Creek and Siachen.

In an exclusive interview with state run radio‚ he however said that any breakthrough or forward movement on these issues could only be expected after the elections in India.

He said it is our utmost effort to improve relations with India and a significant lobby there also cherishes the same dream.

Though the composite dialogue is facing delay due to the elections in India but certain groups on trade‚ energy and visa are in negotiations with each other.

In the present circumstances when the India is heading towards elections‚ peace at the Line of Control (LoC) and continuation of talks is necessary to avoid any tension in bilateral relations.

When asked about Kashmir dispute‚ the advisor on foreign affairs said it is a very important issue and its resolution is imperative for improvement of Pakistan-India relations.

He said several countries have realized the importance of peace between the two countries and are now evincing interest in Kashmir dispute.

To another question‚ Sartaj Aziz said the prime minister had given invitation to the Indian counterpart to visit Pakistan.

Though there is less possibility of his visit but if he wishes to visit Islamabad in the next few weeks‚ we will definitely welcome him.

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